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5.0 out of 5 stars The earth and it survival in easy understandable terms, 12 July 2001
I recommend all of humanity to read this as it tells you how in simple terms the way the world ticks. If we are the caretakers of this planet and all that lives on it. We should start to honour it and it will sustain our lives longer and the animal and plant life of this planet as well. Economics is not the answer only the will of each and everyone to establish compassion for our world will it become sustainable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Wisdom of Achieving a Balance, 12 Jan 2011
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This review is from: The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature (Paperback)
David Suzuki is not your usual New Age author, in fact he'd probably argue that there's nothing New Age about his book; he's looking to the past to preserve the future. As a geneticist there's plenty of science to underpin his ideas as he sets out to explain what we are doing to the environment and how this may lead to a situation where humans aren't welcome on the planet anymore.

Anyone worried about their own scientific credentials should not worry too much, the author presents the science in a fashion that is easy to understand and well illustrated throughout. Some may even find it surprising that an established scientist actually goes to some length to criticise the use of the scientific method to rationalise how we have achieved such a dangerous attitude towards the natural world. In fact that is a measure of his integrity as a commentator.

Suzuki's message is quite Pantheistic; humanity is a part of nature and not separate from it. Our ancestors knew this and lived accordingly, we've forgotten it and brought a hatful of environmental troubles on our heads. His argument is quite persuasive.

There's no doubt that with the rise of the Industrial Revolution the natural world has been redefined as nothing more than a vast resource awaiting exploitation by humans. Indeed, it seems quite incredulous that people actually thought that these resources were infinite and yet industry and commerce continues with this delusion today.

The Sacred Balance is a well written book that avoids the use of emotional appeals in favour of simple logic and reason. The problems presented appear huge and if there is a criticism then it would be that the author doesn't seem to know how to finish his book. Despite this there are some very thought provoking, even reassuring ideas contained within the text.

If you would like to read a more impartial account of the environmental issues that face us this would be a good account.
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